Lance Stroll car flipped upside down in first lap after Romain Grosjean fireball

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Lance Stroll was left upside down at the Bahrain Grand Prix, just moments after Romain Grosjean’s car exploded.

Grosjean was incredibly lucky to escape from a fireball after his Haas car split in half as it collided with a barrier.

There was a lengthy delay following that incident, though it didn’t take long before the safety car was out again.

On the first lap following the resumption, Stroll collided with Daniil Kvyat as his right rear tyre clipped Kyvat’s front left.

It flipped Stroll as he ended upside down, though, the Canadian soon radioed his team to say he was okay and out of the car.

Former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer said on Radio 5 Live: “Lance Stroll's accident was not a huge deal.

“It was a low speed impact on a slow part of the track. It just looks bad, when a car turns upside down, but Stroll will be fine after that one.”

Grosjean was also thankfully okay after his incident with many believing the halo on F1 cars saved the Swiss-French star’s life.

  • Romain Grosjean’s life ‘saved by halo’ as it parted the barriers before explosion

Alan van der Merwe, driver of the F1 medical car, said: "It was a big surprise for us.

"I've never seen that much fire in 12 years. It took a little while to process what was going on but then Romain started to get out of the car himself, which was amazing.

"It was a relief when we finally got back to the medical centre.

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"Everything worked hand in hand today: the halo, the barriers, the seat belt. Without one of things it could’ve been a different outcome.”

And Palmer echoed those sentiments too: “You have to say the halo may well have saved his life at this point.

“Then there are just flames, everywhere, in the cockpit where Grosjean is, in his survival cell.

“How he has walked away from it is just quite incredible. It is testament to the strength of Formula 1 cars. Just a crazy accident.”

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